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The Rite of Spring
The Rite of Spring
Name The Rite of Spring
Segment Number Four
Runtime 22:29
Music The Rite of Spring
Composer Igor Stravinsky
Director(s) Bill Roberts
Paul Satterfield
Story Development/Research William Martin
Leo Thiele
Robert Sterner
John Fraser McLeish
Art Direction McLaren Stewart
Dick Kelsey
John Hubley
Background Painting Ed Starr
Brice Mack
Edward Levitt
Animation Supervisor(s) Wolfgang Reitherman
Joshua Meador
Animation Philip Duncan
John McManus
Paul Busch
Art Palmer
Don Tobin
Edwin Aardal
Paul B. Kossoff
Special Camera Effects Gail Papineau
Leonard Pickley
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The Rite of Spring is the fourth and longest segment in Fantasia. The plot involves the Big Bang, the Dinosaur Age, and extinction.

Plot Edit

The Milky Way Galaxy can be seen coming out of the darkness as comets, the sun, and shooting stars pass by. Eventually, Earth is shown being born. Volcanos light up the planet as they burst with lava. Multiple volcanoes erupt. The storm worsens, and then everything goes silent.

The scene changes into a sea with green and blue microscopic organisms that split up. One fish crawls onto land, becoming the first amphibian. Gradually, dinosaurs begin to appear, living out their lives. On a cliff, Pteranodons swoop down to catch the fish below. One of them catches a fish, but it is pulled down by a Tylosaurus.

Stegosaurus vs. Tyrannosaurus Rex

The confrontation of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus

Everything was going so quiet for the dinosaurs. Every dinosaur is doing what the dinosaurs would do. Until then, they look up ahead, as rain begins to fall, and see the Tyrannosaurus Rex. He chases the dinosaurs, and bites the Stegosaurus' tail. The Stegosaurus and the T-Rex both fight, with the T-Rex biting the Stegosaurus' neck and the Stegosaurus using his tail to beat the T-Rex. The dinosaurs look on while Stegosaurus did his last two hits and T-Rex bites his neck and brings him down, killing him. The dinosaurs leave while T-Rex eats him.

Later, everything was destroyed. There was no food and water for the dinosaurs, nothing but dried up pools, branches, ruined trees, and mud. The sun is too hot for them. The dinosaurs move on and some of them are stuck in the mud with Ceratosaurus coming to them. The wind blows and some dinosaurs collapse. Later, footprints are seen and we see bones of the dinosaurs, showing that they are now extinct.

Just as the moon began to form an eclipse with the sun, an earthquake suddenly erupted, wiping the dinosaur bones away. The wind then blew a storm and the sea inland, the lowland and everything around became completely flooded, and everything was silent once again. At the end, when the eclipse was complete, you see it set over the only piece of land, overlooking a now endless sea.

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Trivia Edit

  • The Rite of Spring is a fan-favorite segment.

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